Agweek News Team
FARGO, N.D. — With tens of thousands of unfilled jobs in agriculture nationwide, the field presents plenty of opportunities for young people. That fact is attracting a growing number of students who aren't from farm backgrounds to the field, including some recent graduates at North Dakota State University. David Buchanan, the associate dean of NDSU's College of Ag, says about 30 percent of their students come from non-ag backgrounds.
Agweek is celebrating National Ag Week with a photo contest! From now through March 13, send us your best, high resolution, farm, ranch or rural photo to Leah Larson, Agweek Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org . (Only one photo entry per person). Voting will take place on Agweek.com March 18-24 during National Ag Week and photo submissions will be printed in Agweek magazine. The Top 5 winners will be announced in the March 26 edition of Agweek magazine, shown on AgweekTV and on Agweek.com
AgweekTV continues to grow and evolve. This year, the show and anchor Shawna Olson garnered big awards from the National Association of Farm Broadcasting. Here are our Top 10 most watched AgweekTV stories from agweek.com. Thanks for watching!
2017 has been a year of growth for Agweek. We thank all of our readers for getting their agriculture and rural life news from us. We're taking a look back at some of the stories that stuck with readers this year. Here's a list featuring the Top 10 most read stories from our staff on agweek.com. McM Inc lists $49.7 million in debts, $10.3 million in assets
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — Molly Yeh was raised in Chicago, then went to school at Julliard in New York. But it's a farm near East Grand Forks, Minn., where she has made a name for herself. Yeh, a blogger and cookbook author, met her husband, Nick Hagen, at Julliard, where they both pursued careers in music. But moving to the sugar beet farm that has been in Hagen's family for five generations in 2013 seemed a perfect fit to her.
Each growing season has some new products hitting the market to help farmers try to increase their yield or deal with problems like weeds and disease. Cibus in 2018 will have three new canola varieties on the market. "We're also developing a non-GMO flax that has a herbicide tolerant trait. And we're working on rice and potatoes as well. Rice is a herbicide event and potatoes is a disease tolerant trait," says Scott Anderson, seed sales specialist for Cibus. The seeds qualify for non-GMO status because they can get traits they want without adding any foreign genes.
Happy Thanksgiving! We at Agweek know not everything is rosy, in agriculture or in life. But we also recognize how much good there is in the world and especially in our little piece of it. This week, we focused on the theme of “Thankful For Agriculture” when crafting our stories. The only thing we may not have made clear in our reporting was that we are especially thankful for our readers and for the people who share their stories and lives with us.
FARGO, N.D. — The National Association of Farm Broadcasting has honored AgweekTV and host Shawna Olson with two awards at the organization's annual convention, Nov. 8-10 in Kansas City, Missouri.. AgweekTV received first place in Video Newscast for the Sept. 1, 2016, episode of AgweekTV , and Olson received first place in Video Feature for a story on the McLeod Tractor Stampede .
ARTHUR, N.D. — Friends of a North Dakota farmer gave him a fitting goodbye on Friday, parking a line of farm machinery across from the cemetery on the day of his funeral.
Conservation is one of the most important issues in modern agriculture. Climate change is one of the most controversial. Jonathan Knutson, Agweek staff writer, has an opportunity to learn more about both at the Society of Environmental Journalists' annual conference Oct. 3-6 in Pittsburgh.